Yup, I was SO nervous about having to run the whole LONG run alone that I wore my Cheetah skirt "armor". Briefly I pondered going in just a Sports Bra *temp was forecast to 102 degrees F. Couldn't do it. Just couldn't even get out of the car.
So, ten minutes after I shrugged into my Lime Tank, I was running along, working on settling into a group - honestly I was looking at the group of women ahead of me, and I heard from behind:
"That SKIRT is FAB-U-LOUS! It inspires me girl!"
And there you go. It was love. So I made a new running friend, and while he has a nice Normal name, I'm sorry, sometimes a guy's Honorary Skirt name has to be as FAB-U-LOUS as a Cheetah Skirt. So, without further ado, meet my new HSBMRF - Norma Jean.
yea, I'm there too, but i had to edit myself due to a particularly bad angle on the camera- makes it look like you can see right up the Fabulous skirt. You can't, it's a shadow, but this is a rated PG blog, so we're not going to show anything questionable.
Norma Jean and I ran together from the middle of mile 1 to the end of mile 9.02, and wow, that was a bit humbling. I'm huffing along at a 10m/mi pace, and he is flowing across the ground beside me. Such a gentleman though, when I said, around mile 5ish "You can go, my feelings won't be hurt", he says, "Well, yes, I could leave you, but what would be the point?"
Then El, the Swamp team's head coach, comes upon us around mile 7 and says, "You two are still having fun, I see." ...and we joked about being in love, and El says, "g. I hate to be the one to tell you, he only wants you for your skirt."...
And we pondered for a second what it would take to get Norma Jean into a running skirt and not be socially shunned, and I said, "I don't think you could get away with training in a skirt, but, you could probably race in a skirt. I mean seriously, you see men racing wearing Porta Potties, tutus, kilts and thigh-high fishnet stockings, if you ran in a cheetah skirt someone's going to look at you and think, Dude, you didn't go far enough!"
So once again, Thank You to Cindy & Christy, my runningskirt saved the day, and I had a great long run!